Here we go: the new season is just revving up. Are you ready for it? Here’s some news to get you started for Sunday. And I kick off my season edition of “Speaking Out” with a bang and a tribute to the new season. Good luck in Week 1.
Are you ready to start Brandon Marshall?
Almost every fantasy owner knows already the Broncos have had their fair share of problems with the troubled wideout over the years. But fantasy owners also know that when the season rolls so does
Well, according to the
Associated Press, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has had no complaints about his star wide receiver. In fact
Could it be that
While I don’t know if I can agree with Shannon’s last statement I can say that it may be worth starting
IDP News: Williams and Williams will not be suspended.
An uproar could be heard echoing throughout the NFL on Friday. According to the
Boston Globe, in Minnesota a federal appeals court paved the way for Kevin and Pat Williams to play all season in 2009; this on the heels of the NFL suspending the inside pair for violating the league‘s anti-doping policy.
“It’s a big sigh of relief to know we’re going to get to play the whole season,” Kevin said. “We were looking forward to
As expected, commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t too pleased with the outcome. “It puts in jeopardy that players in
Here we go again … who wants to play the role of Arlen Specter? Anyone? Well, at least IDP owners can rest easy knowing that the two will play a full season, and that doesn’t just go for those who own one of two big men, it goes for those who own any Vikings defensive player.
Is Boldin going to play?
Can you believe it (sarcasm) — Anquan Boldin is on the injury report again? The worst part is that it’s only Week 1. According to the
, Boldin’s status won’t be determined until pregame warmups Sunday.
“It’s improving every day,” Boldin said of his right hamstring injury.
At the same time Boldin also acknowledges the fact that he has a tough decision ahead of him. “You don’t want to risk getting injured and then being out four weeks,” he said. “That would be stupid. It’s a long season. It’s only Week 1. I’d rather sit out game one as opposed to sitting out four or five other games.”
Am I surprised by this news? Nope. Is this just the beginning of another injury dampened season for Boldin owners? I hope not. Should fantasy owners start him this week? That depends on his game-time status. Play the waiting game if you dare.
High expectations are expected for Chiefs new signal caller Matt Cassel in 2009, but the question is: will he be ready come Week 1? In case you missed it, Cassel sprained his knee in
NFL.com, he returned to practice on Monday and has been improving every day.
“My knees feel pretty good, and I wouldn’t be out there if I wasn’t up for the challenge,”
First-year head coach Todd Haley has a big decision in front of him, especially considering that the Chiefs will be on the road this week against a very hostile Baltimore Ravens defense. “I think this is something that will go down to the wire with the quarterback,” Haley said. “On game day, we’ll still be trying to figure it out.”
My advice for fantasy owners is to not start him even if he does play, because the Ravens were the second-best pass defense in the NFL last season. I expect nothing to change in 2009. Ray Lewis still mans the middle “shortstop” spot of the defense and Ed Reed will track down every ball and runner that comes his way in “centerfield.” As for
According to the
49ers Examiner, 49ers’ tight end Vernon Davis has been getting rave reviews from head coach Mike Singletary and has now been named captain.
“I’m really excited about
Could the 49ers tight end finally be ready to catch on with the elite? That remains to be seen. Is he worth starting this week? Probably not, unless of course he’s your only option.
Sunday’s Breakout Player Projection – Chansi Stuckey
During the third preseason game against the Giants, Jets starter Mark Sanchez hooked up with Stuckey four times for 69 yards in the first half, including a 31-yard touchdown pass. This week against the Texans he will have no problem stretching the field, and I project he’ll go for at least 130 and 1-2 touchdowns. Forget Jerricho Cotchery, I have my money on Stuckey in Week 1.
On the Injury Report: fantasy players of note
CB Charles Tillman – Questionable
RB Pierre Thomas – Out
WR Chaz Schilens – Out
QB Matt Schaub – Probable
RB Jerious Norwood – Probable
QB Matt Cassel – Questionable
DE John Abraham – Probable
WR Anquan Boldin – Questionable
RB Brian Westbrook – Probable
WR Steve Breaston – Probable
WR Kevin Curtis – Probable
RB Knowshon Moreno – Questionable
TE Dustin Keller – Probable
CB Eric Wright – Questionable
WR Kevin Walter – Questionable
QB Kyle Orton – Questionable
QB Carson Palmer – Probable
WR Antonio Bryant – Probable
QB Marc Bulger – Probable
Speaking Out: Football season is here!
I can hear it now: “Come on McCarthy, what are you thinking?!”
Those would be the words being hollered as my diehard Packer fan father points and charges at his 52 inches of pure love on Sundays.
Ah yes, football season is here, and it’s the best thing I look forward to, next to of course that three-letter word and vacationing in Tahiti with my wife, the NFL Network and that three letter word again.
From watching Hines Ward putting licks on beasts that he shouldn’t be challenging, to Aaron Rodgers throwing strikes to Donald Driver — nobody shimmies and leaps like him — to watching Adrian Peterson dash down the sidelines like Forrest Gump running through the jungle carrying soldiers, there is nothing like the sights and sounds of football season.
Grills will be firing up at stadiums across
It means that NASCAR’s left turns are almost over. It means that the baseball heartaches will soon be turned to football thumps. Most of all, it means that I now have a reason for doing absolutely nothing come Sunday.
There’s nothing like sitting on your favorite chair in front of your HD TV (I guess everyone has one of those now) with a bowl of chip dip on the table, a bag of Doritos on the lap and a Miller Lite inside a cozy cupped in hand (rum and coke if you prefer harder liquor) watching Brett Favre trying to keep his consecutive streak alive, Charles Woodson turning in to the player he’s supposed to be and moon-master Randy Moss destroying opposing defenses down the field.
The fact I wrote an 88-word sentence about what I feel my Sunday experience should tell enough about how excited I truly am for the 2009 season. I could go on forever, as could many more. This I know for sure. It’s football season, so pop a top, apply the face paint, pig out on appetizers, cheer like you’ve never cheered before and enjoy every moment the 2009 season brings.
Consider it your getaway, kind of like vacationing in
Thanks for reading! Enjoy Sunday’s games!